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Name of source: BBC
SOURCE: BBC (1-23-11)
The Coleshill estate was the English headquarters of a highly trained guerrilla volunteer force during World War II.
The house and its grounds, on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border, are now owned by the National Trust.
The survey has been organised by the Coleshill Auxiliary Research Team.
The team was set up by Tom Sykes to research, document and preserve the history of the guerrilla volunteer force, known as auxiliary units....
SOURCE: BBC (1-24-11)
Linhenykus monodactylus weighed no more than a large parrot and was found in sediments between 84 and 75 million years old.
The dinosaur belongs to a sub-branch of the theropods, the dinosaur group which includes T.rex and Velociraptor, and which gave rise to modern birds.
Details are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences....
SOURCE: BBC (1-25-11)
The Justice For Megrahi (JFM) group handed over a petition to the Scottish Parliament in October last year.
It sought an independent probe into the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi, the only man to be convicted of the bombing which killed 270 people in 1988.
The petitions committee agreed to write to the government and Lord Advocate....
SOURCE: BBC (1-25-11)
The skeleton of an African man was discovered buried in Tiddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, in 2009.
Archaeologists said they now believed the man may have been a Roman soldier who chose to retire in Stratford after serving in an African unit.
Investigations into the man's background are continuing.
Malin Holst, of York Osteoarchaeology Ltd, said he had identified elements of the mature African male skeleton in bones unearthed from a Roman-period cemetery....
SOURCE: BBC (1-20-11)
William Hoare's painting of Ayuba Suleiman Diallo, also known as Job ben Solomon, was purchased by the Qatar Museums Authority (QMA) in 2009.
The government imposed a temporary export bar last year because of its historic importance to the UK.
Money was raised to buy the work back, but the QMA agreed to lend it instead.
Donations raised by the National Portrait Gallery will now be returned, as will grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund charity.
The painting is believed to be the earliest known British oil portrait of a freed slave which honours a named African subject and Muslim as an individual and equal....
SOURCE: BBC (1-22-11)
People living in Imber, on Salisbury Plain, were evacuated in December 1943 and have never been allowed to return.
Fifty years ago, thousands of people marched into the village to protest at its continued use by the Army.
The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the village still plays a vital role in training troops for operations.
The event, at West Lavington Village Hall on Saturday, will be a day of celebration involving storytelling and music....
SOURCE: BBC (1-22-11)
He fitted a lamp socket and furnished the 19-inch urn with a red lamp shade.
Nearly 40 years later, despite his alterations, it sold for £370,000 at Christie's auction house on Friday.
Mr Barratt, a retired school teacher who died last year, had inherited the urn and kept it at his Bath home....
SOURCE: BBC (1-21-11)
The ex-PM said his refusal to express regret for the decisions that led to war at his first appearance before the committee had been misinterpreted.
But his words were met with cries of "too late" from the public gallery.
Mr Blair also urged the West to stop apologising for its actions and warned of the threat from Iran, during a four-hour grilling by the inquiry....
Name of source: The Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: The Guardian (UK) (1-25-11)
Cutting-edge space science technology of the sort used to analyse moon rock is being applied to fragments of 16th-century tombs. Scientists from the Space Research Centre in Leicester are working with an art historian from the nearby university as well as academics from Oxford and Yale in a three-year project that hopes to shed new light on our understanding of the Tudor Reformation.
The tombs, at the parish church in Framlingham, are close to the family seat of the Howards, the extremely wealthy and powerful Dukes of Norfolk. But they were originally sited 40 miles away at Thetford Priory, traditional resting place of the Howards until Henry VIII had it dissolved in 1539. They were moved and reassembled some time in the 1540s while the third duke languished in the Tower of London. (Henry was becoming increasingly paranoid about the threat that he posed to his infant heir.) The reassembly process was flawed, however. Some different materials were used.
What appear to be fragments of the original tombs were unearthed at Thetford by archaeologists as long ago as 1934. But they languished in a warehouse for decades and came to light only recently, when Dr Simon Thurley took over as chief executive of English Heritage and asked all curators to find out what they had in store.
Leicester University art historian Dr Phillip Lindley was called in to investigate the fragments and was immediately fascinated – not just by the quality of the artwork by French sculptors, but also by the possibilities that arose of re-thinking parts of Tudor history. "We're trying to relate what happened to the monuments to what happened to the number one power family of the day," he says....
Name of source: Telegraph (UK)
In all 913,064 visitors flocked to Paris' Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysées to view 'Claude Monet (1840-1926)', gathering some 170 tableaux of the much-loved impressionist painter from around the globe. The show closed on Monday night.
The last time such attendance levels were beaten in France was for a 1967 exhibition on the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamen at the Petit Palais, which attracted 1.2 million visitors but over a much longer period – six months instead of four.
Previously the most popular art exhibition in recent years was 'Picasso and the Masters', which pulled in 780,000 visitors in 2009....
On April 14, 1865, having steered the US through the horrors of civil war, he issued a pardon for Patrick Murphy, a mentally disabled private in the union army who had been sentenced to death for desertion.
He then headed to Ford's Theatre in Washington, to watch a performance of Tom Taylor's 'Our American Cousin', during which he was shot dead by John Wilkes Booth.
But while Lincoln's standing is not in doubt – amid today's fierce partisan divisions, his unifying heroics are more venerated than ever – this neat portrayal of his final hours has been exposed as a sham.
Thomas Lowry, an amateur historian who said he had found the dated pardon among archived papers and then built a book, and a career, around it, has confessed to amending the document.
The pardon, it turns out, was in fact issued by Lincoln on April 14, 1864 – while the civil war raged on and exactly a year before he was to be assassinated during Act III, Scene II....
"In total there are 50 photos, some of which show very drastic deaths, such as hangings, as well as corpses on the ground and bodies piled into German army trucks," spokesman Andreas Brendel said.
"There are German army soldiers in some of the photos but it is unclear if they are also the perpetrators of these killings."...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK) (1-21-11)
The surprise return of ousted dictator Jean-Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier to Haiti may have been part of a plan to unlock $5.7 million (£3.6 million) held in Swiss bank accounts.
Duvalier, who presided over a nightmarish period in Haitian history with his infamous Tonton Macoute secret police force, flew into the earthquake ravaged country on Sunday after 25 years in exile in France.
The reason for his visit had been murky but it has now been suggested that Mr Duvalier wanted to demonstrate he was not wanted on criminal charges in his homeland, which would allow him to access the millions in Switzerland.
In a decision reached hours before the earthquake that hit Haiti on Jan 12 last year Switzerland's Federal Supreme Court ruled that the reclusive Mr Duvalier, 59, should be allowed to access the money. The ruling reversed a lower court's decision that the disputed money should go to charities....
Name of source: AP
SOURCE: AP (1-25-11)
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned Tuesday what he called the inflammatory rhetoric of Richard Falk, a U.N. special rapporteur appointed by the U.N.'s Human Rights Council in Geneva.
Falk suggested the cover-up in a blog post this month and criticized mainstream media for being unwilling to look into doubts about the attacks in New York and Washington....
SOURCE: AP (1-25-11)
The French national rail network, known as SNCF, is giving the former station in the Paris suburb of Bobigny to local officials as part of an agreement to create the memorial there.
SNCF last year for the first time expressed "sorrow and regret" for its role in the deportation of Jews during World War II....
SOURCE: AP (1-24-11)
The fitness fanatic ate well and exercised -- and made it his mission to make sure everyone did the same -- right up to the end at age 96, friends and family said.
LaLanne died Sunday at his home in Morro Bay on California's central coast, longtime agent Rick Hersh said. The cause was respiratory failure due to pneumonia.
"I have not only lost my husband and a great American icon, but the best friend and most loving partner anyone could ever hope for," Elaine LaLanne, LaLanne's wife of 51 years and a frequent partner in his television appearances, said in a written statement....
Name of source: CNN
Callixte Mbarushimana was arrested in Paris in October under an ICC warrant involving allegations of mass rape and other crimes committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Mbarushimana, a leader of the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), is charged with 11 counts of crimes against humanity and war crimes including rape, gender-based persecution and property destruction by his group in 2009, an ICC statement said in October.
The ICC statement said Mbarushimana was the first senior leader arrested for the atrocities in North and South Kivu provinces of Congo....
The findings of the report by the Office of Special Counsel echo those of a 2008 House Oversight Committee investigation, which concluded that the activities of the Office of Political Affairs during the administration of President George W. Bush represented a "gross abuse of the public trust."
The Office of Special Counsel report addresses alleged violations of the Hatch Act, a 1939 law meant to prevent using federal employees and resources in political activities. It forbids most federal employees from engaging in political activity while on duty and forbids the use of federal funds altogether.
The White House political unit, or OPA, has typically been used in an advisory role to help keep the president, appointees and others briefed on political matters, according to the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal agency responsible for enforcing the Hatch Act.
But the agency's investigators found that the Bush-era political affairs office went well beyond that role. Its functions were so intertwined with those of the GOP that at one point employees of the Republican National Committee were working out of OPA offices....
El Nuevo Georgia Editor Rafael Navarro said the picture was meant to call attention to Hispanic issues -- and grab the attention of residents and politicians who often ignore the Hispanic community.
The photo illustration, published in the paper's January 6 edition, shows Republican Gov. Nathan Deal wearing a Nazi uniform, a swastika armband and a Hitler-like mustache.
The accompanying story, entitled "Repression in the Age of Deal," recaps an ethics investigation against Deal and talks about the governor's past financial troubles. The full-page article also quotes local community leaders forecasting tough times ahead for illegal immigrants in the state....
SOURCE: CNN (1-23-11)
The price would have probably been much higher except that the ambulance's authenticity had been cast into question before the sale, said McKeel Hagerty, president of collector car insurer Hagerty Insurance.
Some experts and bloggers had cast doubts on the authenticity of the vehicle and whether it had actually ever carried Kennedy's body
"If it were absolutely without a doubt, they probably would have paid several hundred thousand more to have it," he said.
Auction house Barrett-Jackson of Arizona said it was able to prove, to its complete satisfaction, that the vehicle actually was an authentic 1963 Bonneville ambulance that had been used by the Navy. But whether it had ever actually carried Kennedy's body may never be completely proven....
SOURCE: CNN (1-24-11)
"We're sorry we have no pillows. We're sorry we're out of blankets. We're sorry the airplane is too cold. We're sorry the airplane is too hot. We're sorry the overhead bins are full.... We're sorry that's not the seat you wanted. We're sorry there's a restless toddler/overweight/offensive-smelling passenger seated next to you.... We're sorry that guy makes you uncomfortable because he 'looks like a terrorist....' "
This sorry state of affairs ends with an admonition: "The glory days of pillows, blankets, magazines, and a hot meal for everyone are long gone. Our job is to get you from point A to point B safely and at the cheapest possible cost to you and the company."
We shall now observe a moment of silence for the golden age of travel, those madcap, "Mad Men" days when airplanes had piano bars and carved-at-your-seat chateaubriand, when the cabin crew was dressed by Emilio Pucci and the passengers dressed up too, when men were men and flight attendants were stewardesses....
Name of source: Wired (UK)
SOURCE: Wired (UK) (1-18-11)
The idea of a transatlantic communications cable was first floated in 1839, following the introduction of the working telegraph by Wiliam Cooke and Charles Wheatstone. Samuel Morse, the inventor of Morse code, threw his weight behind it in 1840, and by 1850, a link had been laid between Britain and France. The same year, construction began on a telegraph line up the far north-east coast of North America -- from Nova Scotia to the very tip of Newfoundland.
The team behind the east-coast cable was led by Frederick Newton Gisborne, a telegraph engineer from Lancashire, who lived in Nova Scotia. However, the line didn't prove too lucrative, and in 1853 the company collapsed. His fortunes changed, however, when he was introduced to Cyrus West Field, a businessman and financier from New York City....
Name of source: Fox News
SOURCE: Fox News (1-25-11)
Mayor Jim Smithson flew the flag above Marshal City Hall from the 14th to the 18th of January. It resulted in numerous phone calls, e-mails, and an emergency meeting to make sure it does not happen again....
SOURCE: Fox News (1-23-11)
Though the ship has long since been out of service, its final battle is still being waged. Two California nonprofits — one in the San Francisco Bay area, the other in Los Angeles — are vying to host the decommissioned ship as a tourist attraction. The Navy is expected to make a decision within a few months.
Fights over such ships, although not unprecedented, are generally confined to the most coveted of vessels. A group that wanted the USS Missouri — site of Japan's surrender in Tokyo Bay during World War II — to remain moored in Bremerton, Wash. sued the Navy in 1998 when the ship was awarded to the Honolulu-based USS Missouri Memorial Association. A federal court later dismissed the suit.
The Iowa, known as "The Big Stick," was part of the same class of battleships as the Missouri....
Name of source: Stars and Stripes
SOURCE: Stars and Stripes (1-24-11)
Not appearing on any Pentagon hallway: a call to remember the 50th anniversary of President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell speech, warning of the “military-industrial complex.”
The poster makers missed an opportunity. The buzzword around Secretary of Defense Robert Gates heading into 2011, his last year of service, is “efficiencies.” That is, Gates has ordered everyone to save money across the DOD and service branches by cutting or stopping programs, reducing the numbers of four-star generals, and eliminating thousands of contractors.
Just don’t call them defense “cuts,” Pentagon press staff constantly reminds reporters, because those DOD offices are planning to reinvest whatever savings they found back into their own budget. It’s complicated, so read about it here....
Name of source: WaPo
SOURCE: WaPo (1-24-11)
The Gettysburg coin shows the 72nd Pennsylvania Infantry Monument, which is located on the battle line of the Union Army at Cemetery Ridge....
SOURCE: WaPo (1-24-11)
The tradition faded in modern times, and pious Hindus fear it could die out as young Indians embrace a Western lifestyle and a culture of lavish spending.
But in this rapidly modernizing country, new money is also reviving old traditions. A group of mostly urban professionals has teamed up to help conduct the fire ritual this spring in a village that last witnessed it 35 years ago.
"We want to do our bit to ensure that Indian culture survives," said Neelakantan Pillai, a banker and member of the newly formed Varthathe Trust, which is organizing the event. "In the new, emerging India, people are ready to open their wallets, write checks for such efforts."...
SOURCE: WaPo (1-23-11)
The dispute involves whether a Walmart should be built near the Civil War site, and the case pits preservationists and some residents of a rural northern Virginia town against the world's largest retailer and local officials who approved the Walmart Supercenter.
Both sides are scheduled to make arguments before a judge Tuesday.
The proposed Walmart is located near the site of the Battle of the Wilderness, which is viewed by historians as a critical turning point in the war. An estimated 185,000 Union and Confederate troops fought over three days in 1864, and 30,000 were killed, injured or went missing. The war ended 11 months later....
Name of source: The State (SC)
SOURCE: The State (SC) (1-21-11)
The sign was part of the sixth-grade’s simulation of 1930s Germany in which students were divided into two groups – Nazis and Jews.
The students portraying Nazis spent a day as a privileged class, sitting in front rows, serving as teachers’ pets and being told they were smart. Meanwhile, the students who portrayed Jews ate in silence in the hallways, sat on the floor in the backs of classrooms and wore stars pinned to their shirts, said Karen Shull, the sixth-grade English teacher who created the simulation.
Such simulations are performed in schools across the country as a way of teaching that prejudice can be casual and easy to adopt. While Hammond’s program is highly structured and appears to generate little criticism, education experts say similar simulations have gotten out of hand and been harmful to students. They urge schools to proceed with caution when planning them.
The simulation has brought some Hammond students to tears as they grow frustrated with their second-class status, Shull said. After spending Wednesday in their assigned roles, the students switched places Thursday, allowing everyone a chance to experience both sides of the history lesson, Shull said.
“The students in the first group were pretty downtrodden,” she said. “Then their talk changed. It’s very interesting to see how quickly they switch roles. I’ve had several say, ‘I’m so glad I’m German today.’”...
Name of source: Kansas City Star
SOURCE: Kansas City Star (1-25-11)
Soccer Mom ruled the '90s. She lived in the 'burbs, drove the kids to games in a minivan, had a lawn chair permanently stashed in the cargo hold, took snacks for the team, told her littlest one that the score didn't matter (everyone is a winner!) and voted for political candidates she thought looked sexy.
Soccer Mom was run out of town by Helicopter Mom. She has only two lives to live - her life and the life of her child. Helicopter Mom means business; she flies an AH-64 Apache, constantly hovering. "Call me when you get there! Call me when you leave! Do you need new underwear?" She keeps a close eye on academics, is in frequent touch with the teacher, the teacher's aide, the custodian, the cafeteria ladies, the principal, the school board and the superintendent....
Name of source: Newsweek
SOURCE: Newsweek (1-24-11)
As anyone who has followed the various political dramas involving presidential on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Federal Communications Commission, the National Labor Relations Board, or, for that matter, the Supreme Court can tell you, presidential appointees are not immune from making politically motivated decisions, much less accusations of doing so....
Name of source: BBC News
But to find the true origins of social networking you have to go further back than 2004.
In a side street in Berkeley California, the epicentre of the counterculture in the 1960s and 1970s, I found what could well be the birthplace of the phenomenon.
Standing outside what was once a shop called Leopold's Records, former computer scientist Lee Felsenstein told me how, in 1973, he and some colleagues had placed a computer terminal in the store next to a musicians' bulletin board - of the analogue variety.
They had invited passers-by, mainly students from the University of California, Berkeley, to come and type a message in to the computer....
The Polish pianist died in 1849 at the age of 39 as a result of a lung disease which has recently been attributed to cystic fibrosis.
But the Spanish doctors say he probably also suffered from temporal lobe epilepsy.
They cite reports of disturbing visions which the composer experienced.
Letters written by Chopin himself, as well as the memoirs of those close to him, describe the visions that invaded his life.
Ghosts and terrors
In her memoirs, his lover George Sand recalled various times when Chopin experienced visual hallucinations, including during a trip to a monastery that was "full of terrors and ghosts for him"....
Linhenykus monodactylus weighed no more than a large parrot and was found in sediments between 84 and 75 million years old.
The dinosaur belongs to a sub-branch of the theropods, the dinosaur group which includes T.rex and Velociraptor, and which gave rise to modern birds.
Details are published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The new species was named after the Chinese city of Linhe, Inner Mongolia, near where its fossilised remains was uncovered in what is called the Upper Cretaceous Wulansuhai Formation.
The international team found a partial skeleton, including bones of the vertebrae, forelimb, hind limbs, and a partial pelvis.
It is part of the Alvarezsauroidea family of theropods, a group of small, long-legged dinosaurs, known for their strange and tiny arms.
Michael Pittman of University College London, who was part of the team, says the animal would hardly have been intimidating....
SOURCE: BBC News (1-24-11)
Of more than 250,000 people who have voted in the poll, two-thirds so far say Lenin should now be buried.
The revolutionary leader's embalmed body has been on display in a mausoleum in Red Square in Moscow since his death in 1924.
The debate about what to with his body resurfaces with every anniversary of his death - on 21 January 1924.
The unofficial poll was set up by some members of parliament for United Russia (UR), the party of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
"It's well known that Lenin himself did not plan to put up any mausoleums to himself, and his living relatives, his brother and sister, were categorically against [this]," one of the party's deputies, Vladimir Medinsky, was quoted as saying on the poll's website....
Name of source: WSJ
SOURCE: WSJ (1-22-11)
Mr. Williams, an economist at George Mason University, is contrasting being black and poor in the 1940s and '50s with today's experience. It's a theme that permeates his short, bracing volume of reminiscence, and it's where we began our conversation on a recent morning at his home in suburban Philadelphia.
"We lived in the Richard Allen housing projects" in Philadelphia, says Mr. Williams. "My father deserted us when I was three and my sister was two. But we were the only kids who didn't have a mother and father in the house. These were poor black people and a few whites living in a housing project, and it was unusual not to have a mother and father in the house. Today, in the same projects, it would be rare to have a mother and father in the house."
Even in the antebellum era, when slaves often weren't permitted to wed, most black children lived with a biological mother and father. During Reconstruction and up until the 1940s, 75% to 85% of black children lived in two-parent families. Today, more than 70% of black children are born to single women. "The welfare state has done to black Americans what slavery couldn't do, what Jim Crow couldn't do, what the harshest racism couldn't do," Mr. Williams says. "And that is to destroy the black family."...
Name of source: Boston Globe
SOURCE: Boston Globe (1-23-11)
And yet, archivists contend, the trove contains some of the most important records of Cold War history: diaries, notes, phone logs, messages, trip files, and other documents from Robert F. Kennedy’s service as US attorney general, including details about his roles in the Cuban missile crisis and as coordinator of covert efforts to overthrow or assassinate Fidel Castro.
A half-century after those critical events, a behind-the-scenes tussle continues over the Kennedy family’s refusal to grant permission for researchers to freely review them. The disagreement lingers even as the JFK Library this month celebrated the 50th anniversary of John Kennedy’s inauguration by providing “unprecedented’’ access to thousands of records of his presidency.
“The RFK papers are among the most valuable, untapped archival resources of foreign policy and domestic history left to be excavated,’’ said Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at George Washington University’s National Security Archive, who has been rebuffed several times in his attempts to gain access to the papers.
“This history is immediately relevant to the ongoing debate over US policy toward Cuba,’’ he added. “I look forward to the day — hopefully sooner than later — that access to the RFK papers contributes to advancing that debate.’’...
Name of source: The Local (Germany)
SOURCE: The Local (Germany) (1-19-11)
The court rejected an appeal by a 47-year-old company driver who sued his employer of 30 years after he was fired for doing just that....
SOURCE: The Local (Germany) (1-21-11)
A team of experts presented their findings on Thursday in Hannover, including facial simulations of the bog woman dubbed “Moora.” Archaeologists first began studying the find six years ago, according to news magazine Der Spiegel.
Experts from the University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) generated a digital model of the bones, which was used to make a replica of the bog woman’s skull. Later, five researchers from Germany and the United Kingdom produced a series of facial reconstructions.
“It’s a look into the face of a young woman who lived at a time when Rome was still just a small village,” said Stefan Winghart, head of the regional heritage conservation office in Lower Saxony.
After examining Moora’s corpse, researchers estimated she was between 17- and 19-years-old at the time of her death. Her life was brief but gruelling: The team determined the young woman suffered from malnutrition, chronic inflammation, curvature of the spine – as well as a benign tumour at the base of her skull. The bones also point to a pair of skull fractures due to blunt trauma.
Experts said Moora probably lived a life of intense physical labour – and likely regularly carried heavy loads, such as water jugs, while roaming through the marshland....
Name of source: Guardian (UK)
SOURCE: Guardian (UK) (1-23-11)
Palestinian Authority leaders also privately discussed giving up part of the flashpoint Arab neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah, according to leaked documents. And they proposed a joint committee to take over the Haram al-Sharif/Temple Mount holy sites in the Old City of Jerusalem – the highly sensitive issue that, along with refugee rights, sank the Camp David talks in 2000 and triggered the second Palestinian intifada.
The unprecedented offer on the East Jerusalem settlements, made in May 2008, is revealed in confidential Palestinian records of negotiations with Israel in the year before the Gaza war of 2008-09....
Name of source: Navy Times
SOURCE: Navy Times (1-22-11)
Now, more than four decades after the largest-scale shutdown of any military facility in U.S. history, the Navy Yard is coming to life again.
Today, the 300-acre facility hums as a vibrant industrial park with the Steiner Studios, the largest film and television complex outside Hollywood, and hundreds of other businesses. A $25.5 million museum and visitor's center under construction will highlight the shipyard's 210-year history with blueprints, maps, photos and vintage tools.
The navy yard once boasted its own power plant and radio station, more than 300 buildings and six dry docks where more than 160 ships were built, spanning 15 conflicts from the War of 1812 to the first Gulf War....
Name of source: Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh)
SOURCE: Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh) (1-23-11)
"It is quite possible," he said in 1940, that his Uncle Adolf, the fuhrer -- or leader -- of Germany, was no longer sane.
"There is a thin line between genius and insanity," William Patrick said in an interview with a Pittsburgh Press reporter. "And it is quite possible that sometime in 1938, Hitler completely lost his perspective and overstepped that line."
William Patrick visited Pittsburgh in March 1940 as the main speaker for the annual dinner of the Young Men's and Women's Hebrew Association of Pittsburgh.
He was the British-born son of Adolf Hitler's older half-brother, Alois. His father had left Germany for Ireland, where he met a woman named Bridget Dowling. The couple eloped to Liverpool, England, where William Patrick was born in 1911. Alois left his family and returned to Germany in 1914 just before World War I broke out....
Name of source: New Scientist
SOURCE: New Scientist (1-21-11)
The analysis of 11 royal mummies dating from around 1300 BC was carried out by an Egyptian team led by Egypt's chief archaeologist Zahi Hawass. The project was overseen by two foreign consultants, Albert Zink of the EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman in Bolzano, Italy, and Carsten Pusch of the University of Tübingen, Germany.
The researchers used the DNA data to construct a family tree of Tutankhamun and his immediate relatives. The study, published last February in the Journal of the American Medical Association (vol 303, p 638), concluded that Tutankhamun's father was the pharaoh Akhenaten, that his parents were brother and sister, and that two mummified foetuses found in Tutankhamun's tomb were probably his stillborn daughters – conclusions that have since become received wisdom....
Name of source: KHON2 (Hawaii)
SOURCE: KHON2 (Hawaii) (1-21-11)
Private Hajiro died early yesterday morning at the Maunalani nursing home at the age of 94.
His son, Glenn remembers his father as a shy person who never wanted recognition for serving his country.
In 2000, President Clinton awarded Barney Hajiro with the military's highest award, the medal of honor.
"I don't care about the medal you know I just want to come home in one piece with the boys yeah," says Barney Hajiro, in an interview in May 2001.
Glenn Hajiro says his father was a humble person.
So humble that his father never talked about his war experiences.
"Never knew he never talked about the war, he was shy, but he was proud of what he did" says Hajiro....
Name of source: Discovery News
SOURCE: Discovery News (1-20-11)
Many reports in the past two weeks announced the closure of this tourist magnet by the end of this year.
Although suffering from the wear and tear caused by hordes of sweaty visitors drawn in by the elaborate murals and the boy king’s mummy, which is kept in a climate-controlled glass case, the burial won’t close its doors so soon.
“Tutankhamun’s tomb will not be closed in the near future. It is a long-term plan that has not been decided upon yet,” Hawass told Discovery News.
The long term plan involves a $10 million project called the “Valley of the Replicas.”
Visitors will be directed to exact reproductions of the original tombs. The first three replicas will be the tombs of Tutankhamun, and the already closed burials of Seti I and Queen Nefertari in the Valley of the Queens.
The three original tombs will remain open to tourists willing to pay very hefty fee, perhaps as high as $8,500 per visit....
Name of source: Deutsche Welle (Germany)
SOURCE: Deutsche Welle (Germany) (1-21-11)
International Jewish organizations have come together in an effort to commemorate hundreds of thousands of unnamed Holocaust victims.
Meeting in Berlin on Friday, the organizations announced that they have begun to identify, protect and memorialize thousands of forgotten Holocaust mass graves across Eastern Europe.
The German foreign ministry has pledged 300,000 euros ($408,000) to fund the project over the coming months.
The initiative is coordinated by the Berlin office of the American Jewish Committee (AJC) in collaboration with the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the German War Graves Commission. They will oversee work by dozens of groups on the ground in Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Poland....
Name of source: NYT
SOURCE: NYT (1-24-11)
But the government’s efforts to bury history have instead provoked slumbering memories of the Gukurahundi, Zimbabwe’s name for the slaying and torture of thousands of civilians here in the Matabeleland region a quarter century ago.
“You can suppress art exhibits, plays and books, but you cannot remove the Gukurahundi from people’s hearts,” said Pathisa Nyathi, a historian here. “It is indelible.”
As Zimbabwe heads anxiously toward another election season, a recent survey by Afrobarometer has found that 70 percent of Zimbabweans are afraid they will be victims of political violence or intimidation, as thousands were in the 2008 elections. But an equal proportion want the voting to go forward this year nonetheless, evidence of their deep desire for democracy and the willingness of many to vote against Mr. Mugabe at great personal risk, analysts say....
SOURCE: NYT (1-21-11)
That question has echoed across the Arab world and beyond in the weeks since an unemployed Tunisian, Mohamed Bouazizi, doused himself with paint thinner and lit a match on Dec. 17. His desperate act set off street clashes that ultimately toppled the country’s autocratic ruler, and inspired nearly a dozen other men to set themselves on fire in Egypt, Algeria and Mauritania....
Yet burning oneself as political protest is not new. Many Americans remember the gruesome images of Thich Quang Duc, a Buddhist monk, burning himself to death in Saigon during the Vietnam War in 1963, his body eerily still and composed amid the flames. Many other monks followed his example as the war intensified. In Europe, Jan Palach, a 20-year-old Czech who burned himself to death in Prague in 1969 a few months after the Soviet invasion of his country, is remembered as a martyr of the struggle against Communism. Less well-known protesters have died in flames in Tibet, India, Turkey and elsewhere. In China, Buddhists have set themselves alight for at least 1,600 years....
SOURCE: NYT (1-22-11)
Just ask the British, who a century ago were struggling to come to terms with the erosion of their status as the world’s No. 1 empire. It didn’t help that they were being upstaged by a former colony that had turned into an upstart sea-power with money, talent, and a knack for mangling a perfectly good language. Eventually they took the hit to the national ego from those Americans and discovered there were advantages to no longer playing the role of the indispensible power.
Or ask Thucydides, the Athenian historian whose tome on the Peloponnesian War has ruined many a college freshman’s weekend. The line they had to remember for the test was his conclusion: “What made war inevitable was the growth of Athenian power and the fear which this caused in Sparta.”...
SOURCE: NYT (1-23-11)
Addressing a topic as fraught as race would be challenging anywhere, but it is particularly tricky within the Smithsonian, a complex of 19 museums that last year got $761 million from Congress. Efforts to tackle difficult topics often become politicized, torn between historians’ desire to treat issues with scholarly detachment and an expectation that the Smithsonian’s role is to honor the nation’s past.
The Air and Space Museum, for example, repeatedly ran into controversy over exhibits of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. Meanwhile, the newest Smithsonian museum, the National Museum of the American Indian, has been criticized as being overly reverential and lacking in historical perspective, because it presents its story primarily from an American Indian point of view.